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A Guide to Pesky Bugs in Washington

June 20, 2017 - By 
Ants taking care of aphids on nettle stem

Are you spending a lot of time outdoors this summer in the state of Washington?

Have you found a ton of bugs and pests bothering you whenever you’re out on a walk? You might need to learn more about the most common bugs in Washington to prepare for the upcoming season.

Keep reading to learn more about the insects of Washington. We’ve compiled a guide on the state’s most common bugs below. Let’s get into it!

The aphids found in trees

One common species of insect found in the state of Washington is the aphids, which are typically found in fruit trees. These bugs don’t necessarily harm the fruit itself but do damage the longevity of the entire fruit tree.

The size of the fruit is usually reduced if aphids are found in the area. You will find honeydew, a sticky substance, on the fruit and leaves of the tree due to these bugs.

Beetles, flies, and wasps

Some more beneficial insects that reside in the state of Washington include beetles, lacewings, syrphid flies, and parasitic wasps. These bugs can sting and lay eggs in aphids so that fewer fruit trees are harmed.

Be sure to identify these bugs and keep them alive since they are more beneficial to the ecosystem. If you have a fruit tree growing in your backyard, you can attract these insects so that they remove aphids from your trees.

You can plant specific flowers in your yard to attract these bugs. Plant some asters and legumes under your fruit tree. You should also reduce pesticide use to conserve these insects.

Silverfish

Have you ever found a silverfish in the corners of your attic or basement? Silverfish are common to the state of Washington and tend to stick around in warm and dark areas of the house.

These bugs are nocturnal and wingless. Silverfish can also live for months without eating, so don’t expect a lack of food to lead to their demise.

If you want to remove a silverfish from your attic or another part of your house, http://naturapestcontrol.com has some great tips.

Buffalo Treehopper

The Buffalo Treehopper is a small and harmless insect. However, they have very large, bison-like heads and tend to look intimidating at first glance.

These bugs have wings and are green in color. You will find these insects outdoors in your yards or gardens.

North American Carpenter Ants

Ants called the North American Carpenter Ants are found in Washington as well. Carpenter ants are the largest type of ant found in all of North America.

Be careful if you see a carpenter ant because they are known for biting humans. These ants have very large jaws for shaving timber and wood, eating other bugs, and biting people.

Giant water bugs

Another bug you’ll find in Washington is the giant water bug. These bugs are dark brown and very big. The giant insect lives in muddy water.

If you go swimming in a lake, you may come upon this bug since it may pinch your toes when you step into the muddy floor.

The state of Washington has its fair share of pesky bugs. If you’re planning to move to the state or you currently live here, you now know the bugs to look out for!


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5 Tips to Keep the Dog Off the Couch

June 13, 2017 - By 

Dogs: they’re adorable, loving, loyal, and just flat out wonderful animals.

They’re also dirty, hairy, slobbery, and even smelly.

Many people aren’t going to want the latter adjectives all over their couches. Everyone loves their dogs, but that doesn’t mean they want to lay in their dog’s filth.

Keeping animals off the furniture can be a tricky endeavor, however. To help you, here are 5 tips to help keep your couch dog-free.

1. Start ‘Em Young

The best and easiest way to make sure your furry friend will stay off of his human’s couch is to make sure he or she knows its off limits from the time they a brought home.

When a puppy is brought home, be sure to take precaution where you cuddle and play with him.

While it may be comfier for you to love and pet your new puppy on the couch, petting and playing on the floor will help you lay the groundwork and establish, right away, that the couch isn’t for dogs.

2. Make Them Want To Lay On The Floor

Of course dogs are going to want to jump up and sleep on the soft, squishy couch with their owners.

It’s your job to make them willfully choose to lay on the floor or in their own doggy beds. Make sure to do this through positive reinforcement and rewards.

Regularly lead them to their beds or floor and reward them with treats.

3. Reward The Good But Don’t Punish The Bad

Training a dog isn’t an easy task and it isn’t for the impatient. It will take lots of hours and lots of work.

When your dog starts approaching the couch or looks ready to jump up on, toss a treat away from the couch. Pet them, and again reinforce that they did the right thing by moving away from the couch.

Inevitably, your pup isn’t always going to listen to you. They’re going to go rogue and jump on the sofa.

Don’t punish them. Negative reinforcements and too much punishment will only bring about a new set of behavioral and psychological problems for your dog. It’s okay to be stern with them, however.

Don’t use any kind of scat mat, and never strike them when they get on the couch. Just be calm, cool and collected. Above all, be firm. It’s tough love time!

4. Not Home? No Worries!

When you leave the house and there is no one to keep and eye on your pet, it’s mighty easy for them to jump up on the couch and you can’t do anything about it.

So, you need to do something about it before you set foot out of the house.

Wooden dog kennels give you a place to keep your pet until you return for your trip. Or, if you prefer to keep your dog out of a kennel, you can simply use a baby/dog gate to keep them from going into a specific room.

There are even certain products designed specifically to keep pets off furniture, or you can save your money and just put a clothes basket on top of the seat.

5. Be Consistent

Like with anything in life, consistency is key.

Make sure that everyone who comes over is aware of your “No Furniture” policy.

Friends, family, babysitters, etc. should all know that you don’t want your dog to dirty up your couch. No matter how good of a boy or girl they may be, people in the home need to know the dog isn’t allowed up there.

The same goes for you. Cuddling up with your dog on the couch late at night might just sound so pleasant to you, but you set the rule and need to live by it as well.

If you aren’t steadfast and consistent it will lead to confusion in your dog and can undo the training you’ve spent so much time on.

Use These Tips To Keep Your Couch Pet-Free

Your dog will hopefully be in your home for a very long time, and they are going to feel just like another member of your family, but they are still a goofy, messy, animal that can’t wash its own paws.

So if you are afraid they’ll mess up that new couch, help train your doggy with the tips you learned here!